How to start running in Kansas City

Newbie Run Club

Coach Mike with his Newbie Run Club participants.



Want to start running?

The Newbie Run Club is a Couch to 5k training plan with a dedicated coach gearing you up for the Hospital Hill 5k. We built this program for first-time runners and walkers who have never completed a 5k, have had some time off from running, or have taken part in one event but want support completing a second.

Woman running in the couch to 5k training program

Are you ready to run your first 5k?!

Our amazing Newbie Run Club Coaches are ready to coach you to your goal. The Coaches will use a Couch to 5k training program that will gradually build your body up for the Hospital Hill 5k in the beginning of June.

You are in for a treat with our amazing coaches! Come to our virtual and free informational meeting on March 24th, 2021 and meet coach Mike!

The only person out there to beat is yourself! With our charismatic coaches, you will have fun completing this 5k and be ready to take on more!

Due to the pandemic in 2020 we moved our Newbie Run Club to a virtual format.  This year we hope to be able to meet in-person.  However, the virtual format worked well and we will meet in-person when we safely can and will also meet virtually to ensure everyone is achieving their training goals.

What it includes:

The Newbie Run Club fee includes entry into the Hospital Hill 5k, as well as:

  • The Hospital Hill Event Tee.
  • Special Start / Finish area.
  • Amazing finisher’s medal.
  • Dedicated Couch to 5k Coaching.
  • Free Newbie Run Club Tech Tee.
  • Free informational meeting to meet the coaches, ask all the questions, learn about proper footwear, and more.
The Newbie Run Club Members become close friends

The Newbie Run Club participants will complete the Hospital Hill Course prior to the live event.

  • Experience the course.
  • Your coach will walk you through the course and what to expect.
  • Dress rehearsal for your clothing and footwear.
  • No pressure for time.
three people running on a bridge in kansas city wearing gear from the running well store


I wanted to run a 5k for my 50th birthday.  I signed up for The Running Well Store’s Couch to 5k program expecting weekly group runs and community.  Then Covid arrived.  TRWS did an excellent job of pivoting and revamping their program to meet the new normal.  Coach Mike coordinated twice-weekly video calls, which served as excellent education sessions.  They also allowed ample time for the group to get to know each other, albeit virtually.  Coach Mike provided extensive training resources and we received real-time coaching and support via the Strava App. Our training culminated with Coach Mike mapping out a socially distanced version of the Hospital Hill race that let the group safely meet in-person. Having such a comprehensive running foundation has allowed me to run without injury, learning stretching and rolling techniques and make life-long friends along the way.  Quite a testament – especially in the mist of a pandemic! Thanks Coach Mike and The Running Well Store!



- C. Gannon

If you are thinking of starting to run or starting to run again, this group is a great place to start!

- S Rider
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New Member: $99
NRC Alumni Rate: $89

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